CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Check for signs of electrical problems such as dimming of lights, blown fuses, frequent circuit breaker trips, and check your light switches for static type noise that would signify a potential short and fire hazzard.

  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed on each floor of your home and that they are in working order. An easy way to remember is to change batteries twice a year when we have time changes. Check with your local building codes for required style and placement of devices.

  • Try to avoid using extension cords whenever possible. Never run an extension cord under carpeting or within a wall cavity.

  • Make sure the bulbs you use in your fixtures are the correct wattage and correct type to avoid problems with the wiring in your fixtures and overheating.

  • If installing recessed light fixtures where an attic is involved, be sure to use the properly rated fixtures to avoid energy loss as well as the ability to come in contact with insulation.

  • If replacing appliances specially 220 volt rated appliances, check to see that the correct gauge and type is in place to install your new appliances. Most new appliances will require you to upgrade the run to the breaker panel to insure the proper use of the new fixtures.

  • Remember when remodeling any new device in the kitchen or bath that has a heating element or motor built into it will require its own dedicated line back to the breaker panel to meet current coade requirements.

  • Use a licensed electrician when doing any changes to your electrical system.






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